Country Guide: Kosovo

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Updated: November 15, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / Convention Marchandises Routiers (CMR) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list stating origin and creator of art items
  • Detailed valued inventory stating quantity, unit value, and total value (the value should be different from the insurance value)
  • Request for temporary import (issued from the employer in Kosovo) for Customs.
  • Letter of employment (showing the duration of stay)
  • Lease agreement / rental contract (showing address of temporary residence)
  • Bank guarantee (must be equivalent to amount of total calculated Customs duties (provided by the employer)
  • Copy of Kosovo ID (returning residents)
  • Certificate of residence  (returning residents)
  • Customs export declaration (from previous export)
  • Copy of United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) ID
  • Work certificate made in Pristina by the diplomatic organization (diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • Full duties are payable on goods identified on the Customs export declaration if bought less than 6 months prior to import.
  • All documents required for personal effects are necessary for the import of motor vehicles.
  • The owner of the goods must be present with passport at the Customs terminal for clearance. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required                                          

  • Original registration card
  • Original sales certificate / purchase invoice

 

Specific Information

  • For private import, vehicles must be less than 6 years old and must belong to the owner of the goods.
  • For non-diplomatic shipments, full duties are payable if the car has been bought less than 6 months prior to import.
  • The following should be stated in the shipping advice: model, type, number of chassis, number of doors, year of production, fuel, cubic centimeter, engine number, color, etc.
  • For companies and organizations, imported vehicles must be less than 6 years old and must belong to the owner of the goods. 

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

 

Specific Information

  • The veterinarian health certificate must indicate that the animals are in a healthy physical condition prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Plant and plant products (permission and phytosanitary certificate are required); the phytosanitary certificate must indicate that the plants do not have harmful organisms
  • Animal and animal products (permission is required)
  • The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), smoking tobacco (250 g)
    • Alcoholic beverages over 22% volume (1 L)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns, ammunition and explosives
  • Pornographic materials
  • Counterfeit money and goods

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/kv

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/kosovo.html

http://ambasada-ks.net/us

 


Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Kosovo

Wikipedia Entry for Kosovo





IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.